By Elizabeth Bethel

I wasn’t in the least bit surprised when 11th ranked Cristie Kerr battled her way through a field of powerful young golfers to take the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship. That’s the kind of golf I expect from Kerr, who could — if she were inclined — write the Essential Golf Competition handbook we’d all love to have in our bags for a handy reference when the going gets tough and the competition is fierce.

Kerr was typically casual after she posted a final round 4-under 68 and claimed the victory with a single stroke at 17-under par:

“That’s what the year end is about. It feels pretty cool to win the last tournament of the year.”

Anybody who’s ever watched Cristie Kerr play golf knows that she wields her sticks with a level of confidence, authority and aplomb that’s both enviable and standard-setting.

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